Akron Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group – OH
Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery, and is best done by a trained surgeon. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon has the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved, to ensure you get the best possible results. A 2014 study suggests greater implant success rates when performed by a dental specialist.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. McDonnell, Kimberly or Klein is able to place single stage implants. These implants may not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require three to six months of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. McDonnell, Kimberly or Klein performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Akron Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group
I had extensive work done over a 16 month span, countless visits and surgeries. Dr. McDonnell and team were outstanding, I made it through a long and difficult process because of the expertise and great care. I am so pleased I chose Dr McDonnell. I had serious problems and it was often one step forward and two steps back, but Dr. McDonnell, with his kindness, gentleness, personality, his skill and experience with implants kept me going. He knew what would work and got us through a difficult case. I was always treated as an individual, and the kindness, caring and compassion always shown by Dr. McDonnell and every member of his staff deserve the ultimate praise. I am so pleased that I chose Dr. McDonnell and would not hesitate to recommend him, I always felt that I was receiving the finest in care.
- Michele C
I had an extraction and an implant placed and had a wonderful experience! From the ease of scheduling to the courtesy of the office and the professionalism of the Doctor. Everyone made me feel at ease and the procedure itself was a breeze. I didn't need anything for pain in the days following. Fantastic experience and I recommend this office to everyone looking for an Oral Surgeon. Thank you!